Just because Utah votes “Red” doesn’t mean its politicians are any smarter, or less bought by public sector unions, than other states. I’d submit that given the chance they would run just as rampant. They are under somewhat tighter control by the state Constitution, but where they are permitted they run amok.
One place where Utah matches other state stupidity is education. We WASTE a lot of money on education at all levels.
The University of Utah ranks high on the wasteometer:
The University of Utah does in fact get the lion’s share of resources in Utah – spending over $50,000 per FTE. Embarrassingly, their 6 year graduation rate is 51 percent. They make Arizona State – a university lampooned by everyone including SNL and the Daily Show – look like Harvard AND a bargain.
FTE is “Full Time Enrollee”. $50K per student is a lot of scratch. And tuition isn’t that much, so I, the taxpayer am footing the bill for it.
Note that Nevada spends $19K per FTE at UNLV. So Utah is WELL above what is normal or necessary.